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Does anticipated aid create the need it wants to avoid? An experimental investigation

  • Gelkha Buitrago
  • Werner Güth

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  • M. Vittoria Levati

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A novel two-person "charity game" is used to experimentally investigate whether anticipation of help crowds out incentives to work, and therefore impulses to help. We distinguish two treatments differing in whether the causes of neediness are verifiable or not. Helping behavior does not vary significantly between treatments, but is positively correlated with dictator giving, suggesting idiosyncratic attitudes to help. Needy subjects are unaffected by anticipated help, but react optimally to chance.

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Paper provided by Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group in its series Papers on Strategic Interaction with number 2006-24.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2006
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Handle: RePEc:esi:discus:2006-24
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